Without our volunteer crew, Loaves & Fishes simply could not survive! The COVID-19 crisis created a shortage of volunteers – over 60 self-selected out due to their age, health or out of concern for members of their household. Our small staff, along with a small crew of volunteers managed to keep the newly implemented drive-thru operational but it quickly became clear that we couldn’t sustain that pace. Our brief closure during mid-April allowed us to regroup and recruit over 120 new volunteers – individuals, couples and families! To each of you who have given the gift of your time, thank you. You have helped us sustain the Pantry at our time of need and provided so much more than food to our neighbors. You have truly made a difference.
Each company listed below has found a very unique way to support the Pantry. We applaud their creativity and send our gratitude to each of them for their support!
J&S BUSINESS PRODUCTS, INC. – AYER
Jose, the owner of J&S Business Products, Inc., found a creative way to show support for local businesses. Check out their website at: http://www.jsbusinessproducts.com. Purchase a shirt for $20 and $10 of your purchase will go directly to the business of your choice. To purchase, go to: https://route2apparel.com/nashobafund/shop/product-detail/22630563
We’re particularly fond of the Loaves & Fishes t-shirt!
MANILOW’S CANINE PLAYGROUND – DEVENS
Small business owner, Barbara Drury, has always believed in helping others. “The true spirit of giving is doing for others that which creates pure joy and happiness for both the giver and the receiver.” She decided to establish “Friday benefits” where a portion of the day’s income is donated to a local charity, organization or essential service. Loaves & Fishes was their first beneficiary! Rest assured Barbara, your kindness has truly made a difference. Take at look at their website at: http://www.manilowsdoggiedaycare.com
POTTLEART, THE ARTISTRY OF JILL POTTLE
Local artist Jill Pottle decided to “help others worse off” by having a Driveway Art Show via email and Facebook. She donated 100% of the proceeds to Loaves & Fishes! Check out her website at: https://pottleart.com/JMPottle/ to see some beautiful work!
WONDERING HOW A GOAT CAN BE A DONOR?
No, Tom Brady has not made a donation to Loaves & Fishes, but Ruth Schultz, a local goatscaper has!
She offers her team of goats each year to help us clear the overgrowth on the perimeter of the Pantry property. The goats have a yummy meal and Loaves & Fishes has a unique, no cost way of maintaining our grounds!
We think that’s a win-win.